The Majesty of God
A.W. Tozer in his book entitled "Pursuit of God" famously said: 'What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.'
What comes to your mind this morning when you think about God? How long a list of attributes could you come up with if tasked to do so this morning? What attributes would be on the list? What attribute would be above all?
Hopefully one of those attributes you would list would be "majesty". Our word majesty comes from the Latin word meaning "greatness". Ps. 93:1-2 says "The LORD reigns, He is robed in majesty .... Your throne was established long ago." Ps. 145:5 says "They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
The word majesty, when we apply it to God, is always a means of declaring His greatness and an invitation to worship Him. Ps. 95:3, 6 say "The LORD is the great God, the great King ... Come let us bow down in worship." Ps. 48:1 declares "Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise."
If we are going to worship God rightly, if we are going to be a people who truly live by faith no matter what the consequences are, a people who have great boldness for God, then we need a right view of God's awesomeness and greatness, His otherness. Uniqueness, that He is not limited in any way like us. Everything starts here and how we view God and His greatness.
This is what fueled our early church fathers. When you read their works, that of Luther and Edwards and the like, and how they describe God, sometimes I wonder if people today, even myself, are worshiping the same God, if we have any acquaintance with the God they describe. As we have said, do we know God this way or have we settled for simply knowing about God? Do we see the otherness of God, or have we made God to be not much different than we are?
I challenge each of us to read the following chapters today and meditate on them, and seek to develop a right, lofty, great view of God: Psalm 139 and Isaiah 40. I think they speak for themselves and will bless us today with the great view of God they offer us.
We in these days as ever before need a great view of God. Those who live beside us without the hope of God and surety of God and His salvation need to see that we know and worship a great and awesome God who is worthy of praise at all times, even now. They need to see in us the joy of being loved by an incomparable God, that there truly is none like Him.
Is that you today? Is that how those around you see God thru your life? Do they see God as Isaiah describes Him in Is. 40:25, when he writes about the one true God, “To whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal?”
May we use this time to learn to see and acknowledge the majesty of God? The incomparable nature of the one true God of the Bible. May His majesty be on display thru our lives thru how we think about God and thru our faith? May the truth of Is. 40:28 be on full display thru our lives even as we walk these uncertain and ever-changing times, that "The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable."
May His majesty guide us and bring us great peace and contentment during these days. May it fuel us to walk by faith no matter the consequences. May it provide us with great hope not only for our own lives, but to offer to those around us in the gospel.
May we be a church that is known for having great thoughts about God.